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Comment I see the pro-Apple Astroturfing is Strong (Score 3, Informative) 150

This guy is a modern hero. He works extremely hard to make the world a better place. He's well-spoken, selfless, and kind. I'm glad people like Louis Rossmann are out there in the world, doing what they do.

He reminds me a bit of Mister Rogers. Someone who you can look to and say: "This is how all people should be. This is how all people should act." And then smile.

Thanks for helping us out, Louis. I hope we can find some ways to help you out, too. Remember, don't be hesitant to take help from people. There are a lot of us in your court.

Comment Re:I like to move my SD card to a new phone, maybe (Score 1) 125

This.

Android File Transfer sometimes fails (for no known reason and unsearchable solution) transferring files to the Mac, so I pop out the SD card, put it in a card reader, and I'm fine.

If my phone dies, I buy a replacement, put the SD card in, and all my music/pictures are there. I have a 128GB MicroSD card, so there's a lot of music and pictures (and videos) on there.

No MicroSD card slot == No Sale for me, too. At least until there is no phone with a MicroSD slot. Then I guess I'll figure out how to deal with the shit sandwich I've been given.

Comment Who's making the money? Who's going to prison? (Score 5, Insightful) 156

Ah, yes, the one fellow who wiped away a trillion dollars of value. What do you call it when something loses a trillion dollars of value, solely due to the actions of the people who hold full ownership of the thing? A bubble.

It seems there's a small class of people from whom, if you shift value to yourself, will guarantee you become a criminal, even an international one. And another large class of people from whom, if you shift value to yourself, will guarantee wealth.

The 2008 mortgage-backed securities fiasco contrasted against this case is very telling. Where's the list of names of who went to prison in 2008-2009? From whom did they make most of their money?

Comment Voluntary on Every One. (Score 1) 81

Yeah, that's going to happen. 1.2 billion people. Every one of them will voluntarily hand over their fingerprints and eyeprints.

Methinks either "voluntary" or "every one" is being grossly misrepresented here.

Time for me to go to my voluntary re-education classes sponsored by the Ministry of Love.

Comment Re:Just (Score 1) 261

Birds, when ill, will feign being perfectly healthy right up until they drop dead. Many humans, when ill, will feign being healthy until they can no longer hold up the façade and fall over unconscious.

Most animals, when witnessing another similar animal that is very ill, will react with revulsion and fear.

It's prossibly* a result of a few millions years of natural selection. Those who stay away from their brethren when ill tend to live, whereas those that stick around and contract the disease tend to die and/or limit their reproductive potential.

I think a lot of the scary shit humans do comes down to these sort of innate psychological traits. They're left over from an era that no longer exists and is largely irrelevant (not entirely irrelevant, see Norovirus and Influenza etc etc).

*prossibly: it was a typo that I decided, as a sexual descendant of possibly and probably, was a good word and deserved to live.

Comment Oh, wow. What you learn when you RTFA... (Score 4, Interesting) 136

As to the above drama about mixing measuring units, the article says:

These images are also at least twice as sharp as what the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) can make because the 6.5m Magellan telescope is much larger than the 2.4m HST.

So there you go. Both measurements in Imperial European Units.

But then I read on, and was pretty stoked to see them discovering things like this.

MagAO was then used to map out all the positions of the brightest nearby Orion Trapezium cluster stars and was able to detect very small motions compared to older LBT data, a result of the stars slowly revolving around each other. Indeed, a small group of stars called Theta 1 Ori B1-B4 was proved to be likely a bound “mini-cluster” of stars that will likely eject the lowest mass star in the near future (see figure 4). This result has just been published in the Astrophysical Journal.

Nice! I'd love to see a time-lapse video over the course of the next million years watching this black sheep star get flung out of its little flock.

Comment Re:Yeah, it's those politicians who are corrupt (Score 5, Insightful) 177

I know, I shouldn't feed the troll. But since trolls are tireless, we must be also tireless in trying to talk sense.

It isn't stealing. When I steal, you don't have what I took from you.

The copyright contract has been broken. It is specifically mandated to be for a LIMITED TIME. Since copyrights are now unlimited, there is no longer an obligation to follow copyright.

The justifications aren't tortured. At this point, the justifications of the copyright cartel are pretty tortured, though.

The people actually producing the art work don't get much compensation for their work. The copyright cartel makes sure of that. Musicians don't get their royalties, and film crews are constantly the victims of bizarro accounting rules where no matter what happens, the film always "lost money."

And your flippant dismissal of calling politicians corrupt flies in the face of extremely extensive and well-documented history.

What do you call the opposite of a tinfoil hatter? Someone who in the face of overwhelming evidence still believes the lies of the slave driver? A Stockholmer? This is you. Welcome to your new label.

Comment Re:Yes, citizens arrest...for trespassing (Score 1) 510

Clearly what they are doing (the airport officials) isn't right. But so far as I can tell, airport officials have made a career of doing wrong things and saying it's in our favour. From little things like taking away our water, to major things like irradiating us. It's a little disconcerting.

Submission + - NSA Still Funded to Spy On US Phone Records,Vote Fails 3

turp182 writes: The Amash Amendment (#100) to HR 2397 (DOD appropriations bill) failed to pass the House of Representatives (this link will change tomorrow, it is the current day activity of the House) at 6:54PM EST today, meaning it will not be added to the appropriations bill. The amendment would have specifically defunded the bulk collection of American phone records.

Roll call may not be available until tomorrow.

Subjective: Let freedom be reigned.

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